Volunteering Benefits Essay

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We often become so busy in our own lives doing various activities such as: earning money, going to school, and meeting new friends, that we often overlook thinking of others. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” –Mahatma Gandhi. In this quote, Gandhi states that the best way to spend time is aiding those who most need it. There are many places that could use extra help such as: children’s hospitals, animal shelters, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens. Service can mean numerous things, but to me, it means taking time out of my schedule to help others who are in need. Volunteering is ultimately beneficial because it can make a difference in our lives and the lives of others, builds upon our character,…show more content…
There are many people who do not have as much as we do, for which we take for granted. Some kids may not have as many nice toys as others; there could be a family struggling to buy small everyday items such as groceries or clothes. It teaches us: patience because of the time and effort that is needed for it; appreciation because we see people who have less than us; and communication skills/social connection because we have to learn to work and communicate with others. One may not have realized that they enjoy working with children or elderly people until after spending time with them. One place I enjoyed volunteering at was at Masjid-e-Ali, our community church. At our church, I helped children in a workshop where the kids would engage in religious activities and play games while the parents sat downstairs and listened to the religious speeches. My job was to make sure the children were satisfied without their parents and participating in productive activities. I put on religious movies and played interactive games with them. Without these types of activities, parents struggle to focus on the speeches because children can become rowdy after a while. I felt very satisfied after volunteering here because I saw the parents peacefully listening to the speeches without trouble and the children having fun in a productive way while I was watching them. This volunteering experience also
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